Overview: We believe that agriculture is the bedrock of economic development. It has existed as the very basic foundation of trade and barter for millennia and without it, communities both suffer hunger and are unable to advance to more complex economic activities. That’s why we strive to introduce simple, yet effective, methods of agricultural improvement to increase the produce yields in the villages we serve. Examples include improved cultivation, irrigation systems, and planting techniques.
Overview: Dating back to 2100 B.C., honey has been a food source ever since the Sumerians scribbled its name on ancient cuneiform tablets. For rural villages in Afghanistan, it is no less relevant than it was 4100 years ago. Not only is it an excellent source of income, with each quart jar selling in the local bazaar for an equivalent of $8. It’s also highly nutritious, providing antioxidants, minerals, and even medicinal properties against diarrhea and dysentery. Noshaq works with Afghan trainers already experienced with honey production to share their industry knowledge in needy regions where honey has never been produced.
Overview: The spices of Asia long entranced the European merchants of yesteryear. Even today, the continent of Asia is known for its incredible selection of enticing seasonings and tantalizing flavors. Of all these spices, however, none of them surpasses Saffron. This bright-red seasoning is the world’s most expensive spice by weight and is valued for the flavor and color it gives to food. Afghanistan’s dry climate is well-suited for the growth of saffron, yet only few Afghan farmers are growing it. Noshaq sees saffron as an excellent way to revitalize Afghanistan’s agricultural industry and to provide a better alternative to the harmful opium trade.
Overview: On Afghanistan’s desolate but beautiful mountains, trees are a rare commodity. But in the valleys and gorges that run beneath, veins of green foliage can be seen that create a striking contrast with the brown above. These valleys hold great potential for both fruit and nut orchards, which Noshaq believes can reap both economic, nutritional, and environmental benefits. By working with local leaders to develop these orchards, we hope to make Afghanistan’s valleys even greener.